Fast Track to Cruising by Steve Colgate
How to Go from Novice to Cruise-Ready in Seven Days

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Learn how to handle a cruising sailboat in as little as seven days—even if you’ve never sailed before!

Who says you have to be an experienced daysailor before you can think about cruising? Steve and Doris Colgate know that most of us don’t have that kind of time. At the Offshore Sailing School, the Colgates have helped more than 100,000 adults—three-quarters of whom started as beginning sailors or complete newcomers--take the helm of a midsize cruising sailboat. Now Fast Track to Cruising offers these proven instructional methods to all aspiring sailors with big dreams and little time.

This is the very first guide that teaches sailing and cruising together, taking you from your first sail to independent cruising in one leap. You can make that leap in as little as seven days—as in the Colgates’ “Fast Track to Cruising” course—or you can get there at a more leisurely pace. Either way, no other book will take you from your first tacking or docking maneuver to a mastery of navigation and diesel engines as efficiently as this one.

"America's most experienced sailing instructors present a thorough and easy to understand look at cruising. Leisure time is precious. Safety is paramount. The Colgates will help you maximize your time on the water."--Gary Jobson, ESPN's lead sailing analyst and editor at large for Cruising World and Sailing World

“Doris and Steve Colgate understand that people want to reach their sailing goals as quickly as possible and they've built the excellent Fast Track program to accomplish it.”--Bernadette Bernon, former editorial director of Cruising World magazine

"Together Steve and Doris Colgate have been teaching beginners to sail for over half a century. In Fast Track to Cruising they have included every concept and procedure you need to get yourself from a want-to-be sailor to one who is knowledgeable and competent to take the helm--with confidence and a smile."--Charles Mason, Executive Editor, SAIL magazine


About Steve Colgate

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Steve Colgate is founder and CEO of the Colgate Sailing School, which he founded in 1964. He has taught thousands of people to sail and to improve their sailing. A fierce competitor, Steve learned to sail at age 9, made his first transatlantic race at 19, and has been racing at the highest levels of the sport ever since, with two America's Cups trials, 20 Newport to Bermuda races, seven Fastnet races, including the tragic 1979 race, the Olympics, and six transatlantic races. Doris Colgage has been a sailor for over 30 years. She is president of Offshore Sailing School and of the National Women's Sailing Association. Besides thousands of miles of worldwide bluewater cruising experience, she has sailed in many international races, including the Bermuda Race, Antigua Race Weeks, Cowes Weeks, and the Fastnet Race. She also produced the video "Take the Helm: Women and the Sailing Lifestyle".
Published December 10, 2004 by International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press. 256 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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